February, 2021

Ten Factors to Consider Before Jumping into Independent Consulting

Successful Independent Consulting

Being a self-employed consultant or “solopreneur” isn’t for everyone. Sure, it sounds fabulous – be selective about which jobs you take, have a flexible schedule, escape office politics, make really good money – but it definitely has some drawbacks.

Independent Consultant Resume: Do You Need One? (Template & Example)

Consulting Success

If you want to get consulting clients, an independent consultant resume WON’T help you as much as you think. Does the following scenario sound familiar? You’re talking to a potential client, and they’re showing some interest in you. Excitedly, you start telling them about your services.

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4 Reasons Why Clear Company Goals are Crucial in the COVID Era

Strategic Planning and Management Insights

If you want to successfully grow your business, then it’s essential to set clear goals for your company. Setting goals provides your organization with a sense of structure and purpose, and this helps to create a stable workplace for your employees.

Love your stakeholders: four strategies to handle your stakeholders

The Management Centre

It is a principle universally acknowledged that projects often fail because of people. If you can manage your stakeholders, you have a much greater chance of success. The life of a project manager is a tricky one.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Stay Relevant. Be Strategic. Do What Matters Most

Leadership Planning with Liz Weber CMC

The COVID pandemic has changed not only how and where we work, it’s also changed our priorities and perspectives.

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How to keep it small (and simple) when charging more

Kai Davis

If you’re standing on the fence about increasing your prices, I have a few words of wisdom for you. Keep it small and simple. Focus on building your muscles first before taking big, bold actions. Let’s say you sell fixed-price design services (aka Productized Services). Your logos are $X.

Consultant Marketing Magic Words

Jerry Fletcher

We’ve been meeting on Friday mornings for at least a couple years. A Mastermind. I had attended a conference on gamifying products in the fall before Covid struck. On the last day Luthie asked, “Would you like to join a mastermind group to keep us all on track with what we’ve learned here?”.

You Did What?! The Ideal, First 5 Minutes of Every Consulting Meeting

David A Fields

The initial few minutes of every client meeting present your consulting firm with a unique opportunity. Will you let it slip by unnoticed, or create a regular, business-building habit to maximize that time?

4 Factors to Consider When Choosing an MBA Program

Tom Spencer

Deciding whether to obtain an MBA can be difficult. It is a rewarding experience that can allow you to improve your job prospects, expand your network, and learn all about business. But, you also need to study for the GMAT, leave your current job, and possibly relocate to a new state.

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B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

Maximize Your Exit Value: How To Buy, Sell, Or Scale Consulting Businesses With Domenic Rinaldi: Podcast #173

Consulting Success

For many business owners, their business is the culmination of their life’s work and a primary source of wealth. Therefore, you will want to maximize the value through a combination of planning and timing when thinking about how to sell it later on.

Behavioral Science Casebook Project

Steve Shu Consulting

In my free time I have been developing a course, tentatively called Applied Behavioral Science in the Digital Age to be taught to business school students at either the undergraduate or graduate level.

Employee Engagement is Unethical

Consulting Matters

When I met with three aspiring consultants who are very passionate about parlaying their experience to help companies create healthy work environments and engaged employees. They almost fell out their chairs when I told them that I am starting to see that employee engagement is actually unethical.

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Pay Attention to the Trenches, Not the Stars

Markovitz Consulting

Prior to the Super Bowl last Sunday, you couldn’t pick up a sports section without reading about the duel between Tom Brady, the greatest quarterback of all time, and Patrick Mahomes, the best quarterback in the game today. But it turns out that the battle between the two big name quarterbacks was much less important than the battle between the Chiefs’ offensive line and the Buccaneers’ defense.

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Pressure Points: How to Ensure Your B2B Pipeline Passes Inspection

This eBook highlights best practices for developing a pipeline management process that helps sales leaders and their team C.L.O.S.E (you’ll see what we mean in this eBook) more revenue through data-driven prospecting, stage analysis, and subsequent sales enablement.

Why (and How) Your Consulting Firm Should Be Funny

David A Fields

Do you regularly make your clients and prospects laugh? On purpose, I mean. There’s good reason to spill humor all over your consulting firm’s work. My team’s extensive, proprietary research among consulting firm leaders suggests you’ve been hilarious.

China’s Role in Africa

Tom Spencer

In a mere two decades, China has become Africa’s biggest economic partner, surpassing the United States and EU member states. This is driven by China’s increasing participation in the global economy.

Evidence-Based Coaching: Creating Systems To Exceed Your Goals With Anne Sugar: Podcast #172

Consulting Success

Leaving a corporate job and taking the leap of faith to be on your own can be both scary and exciting.

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What Does a Chief Behavioral Officer Do?

Steve Shu Consulting

This post is based on a previous question posed to me on Quora. The role of a Chief Behavioral Officer (CBOs) varies, but a common theme I’ve seen is that they analyze, plan, innovate, and implement aspects of the business using insights and methods from the behavioral sciences (e.g.,

Marketing-Led Post-COVID-19 Growth Strategies

Businesses are laying off workers, shutting their doors (some permanently), and struggling to react to the radical destruction that coronavirus (COVID-19) is doing to our society and communities. However, there’s no team better suited to lead that charge than the marketing department.

Five Steps to Designing a High-Impact Executive Team Meeting Agenda

Consulting Matters

At some point all consultants will be on the hook to lead a senior team meeting. Meetings get such a bad rap now and are perceived as a waste of time either because they lack purpose, focus or exceptional facilitator who is able to draw together and synthesize disparate perspectives. A key way that you can establish your credibility as a consultant and offer tremendous client value is through the process you use to get a senior team "singing off the same song sheet.".

GameStop, Robinhood, & Reddit

CaseInterview.com

In US business news, the story of the week is day traders on the Robinhood stock trading app organizing stock trades via Reddit, a social media platform, to buy shares in the public company GameStop, all to make money while taking down Wall Street billionaires and their hedge funds.

Use This Unique Tool to Focus Your Consulting Firm

David A Fields

Focus. Without focus, no one would become an expert in anything, your consulting firm wouldn’t become a thought leader in your field, and superman’s eyes would cast a warm, rosy glow instead of piercing lasers.

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Job crafting to get consulting skills

Tom Spencer

A job can be defined as a group of tasks and responsibilities that are assigned to one person. We have all had some type of job where we had to do a certain set of tasks in order to help the group or organization be successful.

How ZoomInfo Helps Overcome the Top Pain Points of Inside Sales

Recent digital transformation has shifted the B2B landscape by ushering in the era of buyer empowerment. With more access to user reviews, analyst opinion, and industry research, decision-makers are more informed than ever while navigating what is now known as the “buyer’s journey.”

How To Win & Deliver High-Value Consulting Contracts With Karen Jenkins: Podcast #174

Consulting Success

Consulting contract comprises the consultant’s and client’s commitment to be fulfilled, such as the deliverables and fees.

What Can User Experience (UX) Designers Learn from the Field of Behavioral Economics?

Steve Shu Consulting

This post is based on a question that I answered previously on Quora. Although it’s not exclusively from the realm of behavioral economics, the notion of A/B testing is something that I often try to work with companies to include.

252: Liz Musch—What Can A Successful Woman Teach Other Women? How To Succeed

On the Brink Podcast

Hear what a big difference one woman can make! I had the pleasure of meeting Liz Musch on a Women’s Business Collaborative event. She was moderating a panel of amazing women who are deeply involved in helping women succeed across the globe — India, Southeast Asia, Africa, everywhere.

Prediction: The future of CX

McKinsey & Company

Designing great customer experiences is getting easier with the rise of predictive analytics. Marketing & Sales Insights North America Consumer insights Customer experience & loyalty Service operations

Marketing Ops: The New Revenue Hero

As data continues to play a starring role in today’s B2B organizations, both marketing and sales operations professionals are poised to solidify their place as critical revenue drivers. In particular, the evolution of the Marketing Operations (Ops) role has created a new standard in marketing and has become a vital component of an organization’s success.

How to Promote Your Consulting Firm on Podcasts (Without Being Boring or Annoying)

David A Fields

Podcasts are (relatively) easy to produce, the barrier to entry is virtually zero, and they’ve become more popular than cabbage patch dolls in the 1980s. Should your consulting firm have a podcast? Probably. Can you leverage the podcast movement to your consulting firm’s advantage? Absolutely.

How to Approach Experiential Questions

Tom Spencer

“Tell me a time where you…”. Inevitably in any job, internship, or graduate school interview, you will hear these words.

Positioning Your Consulting Firm For Success With Charles Demontigny: Podcast #175

Consulting Success

As a consulting firm, how can you differentiate yourself and stand out from the noise to attract your ideal clients? Charles Demontigny, the founder of Fluxion, has some great nuggets of wisdom for you in this episode.